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What could be more idyllic than spending a summer week in Lunenburg, participating in hands-on learning about different forms of artistic expression?

This summer the Lunenburg School of the Arts is hosting an exciting lineup featuring well-known experts in their particular art form from July 2 to Aug. 27. Some of the programs are suitable for a beginner, while others demand some experience. There are courses in everything from painting in oils and acrylics to printmaking.

“This is our fourth season,” says Wilf Moore, who is a member of the Senate of Canada and the chair of the school’s board of directors. “So far, we’ve had a good registration for our sessions, with some of them already sold out. People realize these courses are the opportunity of a lifetime.”

One session that has a waiting list is a two-week long course taught Walter Ostrom, professor emeritus of ceramics at NSCAD University, alongside ceramic artist and educator, Ursula Hargens, co-founder and program head of Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education in Minneapolis.

Another popular course, Moore says, is the watercolour course led by Mahone Bay’s Tom Ward. Renowned artist Tom Forrestall and his son, William, will be teaching a course on the use of egg tempera.

“Emma FitzGerald, who launched her second book, SKETCH BY SKETCH Along Nova Scotia’s South Shore, at our School last November, is back to teach a sketching workshop in the third week of August,” he says. “Her first book about Halifax sold 3,000 copies in hardcover and another 7,000 in softcover. Recently she was asked to do a similar project for Vancouver.”

Youth Art Week will take place in the LSA’s street level studio beginning on Aug. 13. Jason Skinner and Marla Benton will lead the students in a wide variety of mediums including painting, collage, sculpture, ceramics and fabrics, with the week closing with a student-curated show.

There’s also a community service element to the programming. LSA’s program director, Douglas Bamford and ceramic instructor, Marla Benton, will lead the popular Bowl-O-Rama workshop which helps to supply the bowls for Ramp It Up, the school’s biennial fundraiser for Lunenburg’s Second Story Women’s Centre.

One feather in the LSA’s cap this summer is a bookbinding workshop featuring Joe Landry and his apprentice, Katherine Victoria Taylor.

“Joe Landry is a real gem,” Moore says. “He’s a very unassuming person but he’s sought out by people like the Royal Family and Tom Sellick for his skills. He knows so much about his craft so this is a wonderful opportunity.”

Lunenburg comes alive every summer with art galleries, concerts, fine dining, excellent sailing, great local shops and the opportunity to spend time learning from masters of their artform in the big yellow building at the corner of Montague and Prince Streets.

“Last year we discovered that 62 per cent of our participants came from outside of Lunenburg County,” Moore says.

The complete list of programs can be found at www.lunenburgarts.org/programs

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Martha Berry was awarded the grand prize for her beaded bandolier bag titled “The Orange Monster’s Masquerade Ball.” Berry has been recognized at the show many times and this is her third time being honored with the grand prize.

The premier Cherokee art show runs through Sept. 22 and features 92 pieces by 60 artists, divided into traditional and contemporary categories. Artists competed for a share of more than $10,000, sponsored by Cherokee Nation businesses.

For a list of winners, go to anadisgoi.com. For more information, go to cherokeeheritage.org.

UCO gallery hosts national photo contest

University of Central Oklahoma’s Woody Gaddis Gallery invites the community to enter the fourth annual national photo contest, “Modern Tribalism: Polarization and the Social Connect/Social Disconnect.”

This year’s theme encourages artists to submit work that embraces, fights against or questions modern tribalism through photography.

Participants may submit up to three works, which can include traditional darkroom, digital, alternative process and manipulated images. There is no entry fee. The deadline for digital submissions is Aug. 26, and the deadline for physical submissions is Sept. 21.

For submission requirements, go to sites.uco.edu/la/masscomm/photocontestnational.asp or contact Cejda Mackey at acjeda@uco.edu or 974-5887.

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This Ottawa arts centre film program is giving 'newcomer youth a voice'

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An Ottawa arts centre is hoping to inspire young people from the city's refugee and immigrant communities to use video to tell stories — especially their own.

SAW Video has partnersed with the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization to launch a six-week video production program for youth between the ages of 13 and 24. 

Filmmakers Radamis Zaky and Aia Raafat are helping 10 youth conceive, shoot, direct and edit short videos about their experiences as newcomers to Canada.

Zaky told CBC Radio's In Town and Out that he felt the need to share his skills.

"These young people are excellent in telling stories. And they know how to tell stories. They are always on the social media," Zaky said.

"[But] they need to [learn the] basics. They need to understand the different shots, the different frames, different editing techniques." 

A partnership between SAW and the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization created a new six weeks video production and filmmaking program specifically for newcomers, immigrant and refugee teens. 13:00

The next generation  

The program, called New Voices, is hoping to remove some of the barriers young people who are newcomers to Canada may face trying to learn video production.

Once they complete their final projects, participants will receive a certificate and have access to SAW Video's facilities and equipment. 

"This program is very valuable because it gives newcomer youth a voice," said Gabby Calugay-Casuga, a literary arts student at Canterbury High School who's enrolled in the program.  

"I think it's really great that we take a really diverse group and we are all pushed into a media setting and get to make films."

The program also teaches students about sound, lighting, composition and special effects. They'll eventually use those skills to create documentaries, dramatic films and experimental films.

"We started from the basics — and I needed that," Calugay-Casuga said.

'Sort of a therapy'

Some of the program's students are hesitant at first to share their stories, Zaky said.

Sometimes that's because they're too shy, but other times it's because they feel their stories are too despairing, he explained.

One of the program's students, Zaky said, is telling his story about the abuse he faced from teachers in one of the host countries he lived in as a refugee — and how that experience initially made him feel afraid in Canada. 

"This program is beyond just teaching the kids the basics of the video production … I would argue that this is sort of a therapy," Zaky said. 

One brilliant way for people to know each other is to watch… films.– Radamis   Zaky ,  filmmaker and New Voices Instructor 

"The program is helping them express frustration and also [recover] a little bit from the trauma that they had in their transition … from their countries of origin until they came to Canada." 

The films the students produce will be screened sometime this fall, he added. 

"People need to understand and to know each other," Zaky said. "And one brilliant way for people to know each other is to watch … films."

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